Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Tall tales.. by the Cheeky Monkey
Then arrived Lightning McQueen. He said "I am fast"
Then came Mater. He said " I am strong"
Doc Hudson came there too.
Then came Thomas and Percy, Bill and Ben the twin engines. And there came a lone duck too.. I for one have no clue what it was doing there!! Swimming came the reply!!
Gordon came and so did Bulgy the bus.
Gordon said "I am an expert engine"
Bulgy said "I am an expert bus"
Gordon said "No I am an expert engine"
Bulgy said "No I am an expert bus"
And this argument went on for some time complete with voice modulations depitcting the irate Gordon and Bulgy.
Doc Hudson then asked "What is the matter"
Gordon said "You are an expert car"
Doc Hudson said "No I am not"
Gordon said "Yes you are"
Doc Hudson said "I am very sad today"
Gordon asked "Why are you sad?"
Doc Hudson said "I miss Jay Jay " (The jet plane)
Gordon said "Where is Jay Jay"
Doc Hudson said "He is at school now"
Jay Jay then flew and came and landed next to Doc Hudson
Jay Jay asked "Are you better now"
Doc Hudson said "Yes I am happy now"
And that was the story narrated by the Cheeky Monkey last night.. Ever since the birth story he has been narrating story after story and I have no choice but to listen!!
The story has been retold in my words.. all the dialogues are his though! The characters are all from the cartoons Jay Jay Jet plane, the movie cars and the cartoon Thomas the Tank Engine. This is where they all meet..in Nantu's imagination!
I was an avid story teller as a kid. Nantu has been one too.. When he was 1 and a half years old he twisted the crow story from Panchatantra. The original version of the story goes like this.
"An old lady is making vadas. The crow grabs a vada from her and goes to sit on a tree to eat it. The fox comes and tells the crow to sing a song with her beautiful voice. As the crow opens her mouth the vada falls down, and the fox grabs it and runs away. The stupid crow is thus cheated."
In Nantu's story when he was 1.5 yrs old,
The fox says "Vada thaa " (Give me the vada)
The crow says "Mudiyadhu" (I won't)
And the fox goes away to drink water
Later he improvised on the story and when he was 2 the story went like this...
The fox says "Vada thaa"
Crow says "Vada Nantu kku" (Vada is for Nantu)
And the fox goes away to drink water. Nantu eats the vada.
Now he refuses to tell this story.. Its too silly I gather!
He has a better pass time now.. narrating stories of his own.. usually the stories are about animals.. lions and tigers and Clifford and his friends. But lately its been about all the imaginary vehicle characters he knows. And I get to listen to different versions every day!! It is rather exhausting keeping up with it.
Read the following post for the birth story!